Programs


Migrant, Seasonal, and Early Head Start (MSHS/EHS)

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families. Migrant and Seasonal Head Start are for children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. This program cares for children while parents are working in the fields, and helps preschoolers develop the language, reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Early Head Start provides services to pregnant woman, infants and toddlers up to age 3. Early Head Start cares for infants and toddlers to make sure that young children grow up to be healthy and happy. These programs also work with parents by providing training, education, and leadership opportunities.

LOCATIONS:

DURATION:

  • MSHS programs operate from 4 weeks to 15 weeks, 10-12 hours, 5-6 days a week
  • Seasonal Head Start programs operate 32 weeks, 6hrs, 5 days a week
  • Early Head Start programs operate 12-47 weeks, 6 hrs, 5 days a week (MS and Oregon EHS)

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. Family income must be no more than 100% of the Federal Poverty Line
  2. Family income must come primarily from agricultural labor
  3. “Migrant” farmworker families must have moved from one geographical location to another within the last 2 years
  4. Enrollment priority is given to children with disabilities, families coping with homelessness or families with other significant needs
  5. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

Oregon Pre-Kindergarten

Oregon Prekindergarten serves 3-4 year old children from low-income families. This program provides education and child development services, helping prepare young children for school.

LOCATIONS:

For information on OPK programs in other counties, visit Oregon Department of Education website.

DURATION:

  • Classes run for 32 weeks, 4 days a week. Classes are 3.5 hours long

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. Families must be low income
  2. Children must be 3-4 years old
  3. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

For more information, visit the Oregon PreKindergarten directory.


Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

This program provides home visits and education for low-income families with infants or toddlers as well as pregnant women. The home visiting program helps connect families to resources they need to ensure their child’s healthy development.

LOCATIONS:

DURATION:

  • The program lasts for 48 weeks

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. Families must be low-income
  2. Family income must be 100% of the Federal Poverty Line
  3. Families must include an infant, toddler or a pregnant woman
  4. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

For more information, you can visit the Oregon program summary page.


Migrant Education

The purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. The MEP helps state and community agencies address the unique educational needs of migrant children to support their academic success.

LOCATIONS:

DURATION:

  • Operates 32 weeks, 4 days a week for 3.5 hours

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. For more information, you can visit the Oregon Dept. of Education summary page.
  2. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

 


Wrap Around Childcare

This program is administered under the Office of Child Care, and targets high-risk populations. The intention is to supplement programs by paying for extended hours of care. Children are able to arrive early, before the start of regular class time. They may also stay late.

LOCATIONS:

DURATION:

  • Operates 32 weeks, 4 days a week for 3.5 hours

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. The first year being in the migrant status, both parents must be working with at least 51 percent of the household’s total annual income coming from agriculture.
  2. In some cases, families pay a contribution, or co-pay, based on their monthly income and family size.
  3. Families may be found to be eligible for this program at the time they complete their application to OCDC’s Head Start program.
  4. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

For more information, you can visit the Oregon program summary page.


Family Childcare


The Family Childcare Program is offered in the home of licensed, individual childcare providers. This program is administered under the Office of Child Care, and program supports low-income families, as well as migrant families or former migrant families who are in the process of “settling out” of the migrant stream.

DURATION:

  • Operates 32 weeks, 4 days a week for 3.5 hours

HOW TO QUALIFY:

  1. The first year being in the migrant status both parents must be working.
  2. At least 51 percent of the household’s total annual income coming from agriculture.
  3. In this program families pay a contribution, or a co-pay, based on their monthly income and family size.
  4. Contact your local OCDC center to see if they offer this program.
  5. Find the program in your area, and contact the enrollment representative.

For more information, you can visit the Oregon program summary page.


SAFE SLEEP RESOURCES PROGRAM

sleep sackOCDC and Cribs for Kids® have partnered in Oregon to help prevent infant sleep-related deaths. Because all infants deserve a safe sleep environment, the program provides Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs and accompanying sheets to families who would otherwise go without.  OCDC also provides sleep sacks to be used instead of blankets during infant sleep time. Using sleep sacks instead of blankets prevents infant sleep-related deaths.

Due to funding limitations, we can no longer provide free cribs to families, but we can provide cribs with sheet sets for the very reduced price of $75. If you are an OCDC family and cannot afford this price, please talk to a Family Advocate at your local center to see if there’s a way we can help you get a crib for your baby.